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    A Duchess of Windsor [Wallis Simpson] Dress by Givenchy, 1970. Beige silk, backwards-style collar, three-quarter length sleeves, folded cuffs, back zip-up closure, self-belt, label reads "Givenchy / Made in / France;" worn during the day by the Duchess in the spring of 1970 when she and the Duke [Prince Edward / former King Edward VIII] were in the U.S. to attend a White House dinner given in their honor by President Richard Nixon; included with a 1996 book titled "The Private World of The Duke and Duchess of Windsor" by Hugo Vickers where a black and white image of Wallis wearing the dress appears on page 37. (Please note there is evident staining all around the waist area of dress.)

    PROVENANCE:
    This dress was originally sold in the Sotheby's (New York) auction simply titled "The Duke and Duchess of Windsor," Sale 7000, February 19, 1997, Lot 2402, final price realized was $995.90; two original lot tags still included as well as the Sotheby's receipt; interestingly, this auction's original sale dates were September 11th to the 19th, 1997, but they were postponed by five months due to the untimely death of Princess Diana on August 31, 1997.


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    November, 2017
    11th Saturday
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